After the game the Patriots had last Thursday, they have been on a well deserved time off. The players were off and able to spend time with family or do whatever they desired with their free time.
For Deatrich Wise Jr. the free time was a chance to work on spreading positivity at his inaugural block party at the Mattapan Teen Center on Oct. 13. There were food trucks, barbers and hair braiders lined the streets for local families, and live music, including performances the Mattapan Teen Center’s own, set the mood. When talking to reporters about the event, Deatrich said:
“There was great energy and a positive vibe and a happy feeling.”
The event was supposed to spread positivity and make people feel happy as well as bring them closer together. According to the Mattapan Teen Center’s Director of Programming and Operations Rick Aggeler, the event was a major success. He told reporters:
“It was a really awesome celebration of the Mattapan neighborhood, which unfortunately gets a bad rap, but really has a lot of incredible families, especially our teens that come to our Teen Center. It really was just an incredible celebration of what we’re all about — serving kids and having a great time.”
On the other hand, Deatrich said:
“It’s always good to do events like that because a lot of people always see the Patriots on TV. To actually see a Patriot do something in your neighborhood and have a positive effect on that neighborhood, it gives a different outlook on them now. They’re like, ‘Wow, the Patriots actually came to my city and did something for us.”
Rick Aggeler went on to say that having the Patriots’ players show up meant a lot to everyone:
“Honestly, it’s invaluable what those guys did, giving up their time. Obviously, they’re very busy people and they mean a lot to Boston as a whole, but I think for them to give their time up and validate the fact that there’s all these great teens that choose to spend their time at the Teen Center. It just validates the work we do and try to provide, not only a safe space, but a place where teens can really choose to be who they want to be and choose to be great. I think that’s totally what Deatrich is all about. It was just an incredible time. It was an incredible day.”
Well done Patriots!